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america gets fatter thanks to dieticians

In must read blog posts, topics on July 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Eating half of your daily calories from carbohydrates will lead to hormonal changes that will create muscle wasting, insulin resistance, increased body fat, and lethargy. Without adequate dietary protein, the body lacks sufficient tools to build muscle. In addition, you will continue to lose muscle mass as you age and develop a disproportionate amount of body fat to muscle.

Most people do not understand the difference between simple carbs and complex carbs and will take this message and run with it. Someone could easily read the recommendations for 6-11 servings of starch and just eat 6-11 pieces of bread each day, thinking that is a healthy thing to do. That kind of carbohydrate intake is pro-inflammatory, creating a vicious cycle of high insulin and cortisol output. Plenty of research shows that a diet high in carbohydrates can increase C-reactive protein, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure.

We also have to take our sedentary lifestyles into account; most of us are not exercising enough to burn off such a high intake of carbohydrates. I have trained many marathoners and Iron Man competitors over the years, and they don’t go above 30-40% carbohydrates unless they are doing long workouts of 2 hours or more. Complex carbohydrates like fresh fruit, vegetables, beans and sweet potatoes do have their time and place, but most of the time they should only be consumed following a high-intensity workout and only on the days those workouts occur.


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